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Smartphone battery life can be difficult to gauge. There are limitless variables affecting it, and while Android has some built-in battery management features, you can still improve your battery life with a few tricks.

For instance, Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What It Is and When You'll Get It Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What It Is and When You'll Get It Android Marshmallow is here -- but why should you care? Read More features Doze mode, which puts your device into a state of reduced battery use after an hour. But some users have found this a little inadequate — after all, why should we wait for an hour for Doze to kick in?

As a result, the developer of Greenify has introduced a tool in the beta version of the app that forces Doze to start as soon as your phone goes into standby. Let’s take a look at how to set this up.

Get Greenify Beta Program Access

To get started with this, ensure that your rooted Android device is running Marshmallow (that’s Android version 6.x) and if your phone isn’t rooted, that you have a USB data cable and PC close to hand.

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You should then join the Greenify Beta Program. It doesn’t matter if you have the app installed or not at this stage — just head to this URL and click BECOME A TESTER.

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If you already have Greenify installed, wait a few hours for an update; otherwise, head to the Greenify page on Google Play to install. Again, you might need to wait a while for the Beta update to be made available to you.

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If you end up waiting several days (not unheard of), you might try downloading it from APK Mirror and manually installing (with Unknown Sources enabled Downloading Apps on Android: Everything You Need to Know Downloading Apps on Android: Everything You Need to Know Looking to download apps for your Android phone or tablet? This is everything you need to know about the official app store for Android: Google Play. Read More ).

Enable Aggressive Doze Mode

With the beta version of Greenify now installed, all you need to do is launch the app and open the menu to switch to the Experimental features… view, and check the box for Aggressive Doze (6.0+).

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Once this is enabled, Doze mode will put your battery into a very low-use state whenever your phone is laid flat with the screen off. This has the potential to seriously reduce your battery use, so if you have a rooted Android 6.0 device, this is a great feature to activate with Greenify.

Of course, Greenify has various other power saving features Greenify: Halt The Operations Of Apps Running In The Background [Android 3.1+] Greenify: Halt The Operations Of Apps Running In The Background [Android 3.1+] Read More , which we previously looked at in more detail.

Not Rooted? How to Enable Aggressive Doze

Perhaps root isn’t available yet for your recently upgraded Android Marshmallow device. Worry not — you can use the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to send a command to your phone to enable Greenify’s Aggressive Doze mode. To begin, make sure you have all of the correct USB drivers for your phone installed on your computer, and that you have ADB installed Android Won't Connect To Windows Over ADB? Fix It In Three Easy Steps Android Won't Connect To Windows Over ADB? Fix It In Three Easy Steps Having trouble connecting your Android device to your PC via ADB? We got you covered. Read More .

If the idea of using ADB fills you with fear, or you’ve previously dabbled with it and found that it either doesn’t install or doesn’t work, it’s worth taking a look at Justin Dennis’ guide to ADB-Helper New To Android Debug Bridge? How To Make The Process Simple And Easy New To Android Debug Bridge? How To Make The Process Simple And Easy ADB is incredibly useful for sending commands to your Android device from your computer. For the beginners out there, here's a dead simple way to use ADB. Read More , which makes everything about ADB a whole lot simpler.

With your phone connected, and ADB debugging enabled (Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging), run ADB, and in the command prompt, enter:

adb devices

A string of letters and numbers should appear — your phone is detected! You can now proceed with the command to enable Greenify’s Aggressive Doze function on your unrooted phone:

adb -d shell pm grant com.oasisfeng.greenify android.permission.DUMP

You can now disconnect your phone, open Greenify, and enable Aggressive Doze, just as if you were using a rooted device.

Other Ways to Improve Battery Life

Improving battery life has become a sort of Holy Grail for smartphone owners, particular those of us with Android devices. Fortunately, various other options are available to us to help extend battery performance.

For instance, people are more aware of wakelocks Find out Which Apps Are Killing Your Android Battery Find out Which Apps Are Killing Your Android Battery If you're getting poor battery life on your device, you likely have an app abusing your battery in the background. Find out how to identify those apps and solve your battery problems. Read More , and the art of charging your smartphone battery to 70-80% Keep Your Android's Battery Healthy With These Tips Keep Your Android's Battery Healthy With These Tips Software and apps can only go so far -- what about how to charge and discharge your battery? Learn all the tricks here. Read More instead of a full charge for longterm battery health is becoming more widely appreciated. Tweaks can also be made to Android 6.0 for improved battery performance Get Amazing Battery Life on Android 6.0 with a Root Tweak Get Amazing Battery Life on Android 6.0 with a Root Tweak Doze is Android Marshmallow's best under-the-hood feature, and it can be tweaked if you have root access. Read More .

Android’s power saving mode (or third party tools), using black lockscreens and backgrounds on devices with AMOLED displays, disabling vibration and many other tips are outlined in Guy McDowell’s collection of 9 tips to extend your Android’s battery life 9 Proven, Tested Tips To Extend Your Android's Battery Life 9 Proven, Tested Tips To Extend Your Android's Battery Life No matter how long your phone's battery life lasts, there are ways that you can definitely make it last longer. Let's take a look at some different ways. Read More .

Does Greenify’s Aggressive Doze work for you? Do you have other methods of saving battery life on Marshmallow? Tell us in the comments.

  1. Brady Sewall
    December 21, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Is it possible exclude certain apps from Aggressive Doze or is it a system-wide feature? For example, I want my phone to go into lower power mode as quick as possible but still need immediate notifications from Google Hangouts, Gmail, Nine (Exchange), SMS, etc.

  2. Nikolaj Knudsen
    December 21, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Never do anything like this. Battery life improvers use more battery than they save.

    • Christian Cawley
      December 21, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      A citation to back that up would be useful!

    • Tom
      December 22, 2015 at 2:50 am

      That's not really the case as much anymore, especially if your rooted... which is where Greenify really shines.

      I've been using rooted Androids since 2008, back in the stone ages of Cupcake and using Autostarts to reduce battery usage at the boot time level and have proudly been using Greenify for a few years now.

      Greenify isn't like the other "task killers" out there... instead responding after the fact and stopping the app after it has started (therefore burning through battery), instead of prevents it from starting automatically altogether. Since the app isn't even starting, it will save some battery.

      If you're totally anti-Greenify, try using Watchdog to keep an eye out for any misbehaving apps running rampant in the background. In fact, use Greenify and Watchdog in tandem if you really want to get the best view of what's going on in the background.

      The nice thing about Android is that it's fairly hard to break... try out Greenify for a while. If you don't like it, uninstall and move on.

      (I remember back on Cupcake, they're were games that complained I didn't have enough memory to play... you know, all whopping 512mb of it. I had my phone tricked out with Autostarts so that after a reboot it would run on the base minimum... BOOM... no more memory errors...... but those are stories for another time.)

      • Greg
        November 14, 2016 at 6:59 am

        Thanks for the heads up. Anything is worth a try. Nothin worse than runnin low on charge. It then gets frustrating

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